Abarth cars: yellow Fiat 1000 TC

The Fiat Abarth 1000 TC is a special high-performance racing-oriented version of the Fiat 600, designed and developed by Italian manufacturer Abarth, and built to Group 2 (and later Group 5) touring car specifications, in 1964.

Engine: 982 cc I4

Transmission: 4-speed manual


Wheelbase 2,000 mm (78.7 in)
Length 3,285–3,530 mm (129.3–139.0 in)
Width 1,380–1,390 mm (54.3–54.7 in)
Height 1,400 mm (55.1 in)
Curb weight 590 kg (1,301 lb)

The Fiat 600 is a rear-engine, water-cooled city car, manufactured and marketed by Fiat from 1955 to 1969 — offered in two-door fastback sedan and four-door Multipla mini MPV body styles.

Measuring only 3.22 m (10 ft 7 in) long, its all-new design was the first unibody and rear-engined Fiat, and was priced at 590,000 lire (the equivalent of about €8,680 or US$9,440 in 2023). The total number produced from 1955 to 1969 at the Mirafiori plant in Turin was 2,695,197.

The 1955 Fiat 600 formed the blueprint for the 2nd generation “Nuova” (New) 500, launched two years later – which was even smaller, at 2.97 m (9 ft 9 in) and, although rounder, largely copied the 600s layout and shape. Later, the 600 also formed the platform for the larger 850 saloon, launched in 1964, which coexisted with the 600 in Fiats line-up for five years, until the 600 was cancelled.

During the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, many units were built in countries such as Spain (as SEAT 600), where it became the icon of the Spanish miracle and where it was nicknamed Seiscientos; Argentina, where it was nicknamed Fitito (a diminutive of FIAT) and former Yugoslavia where it was nicknamed Fića or Fićo.

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